A charming 18th century map of Covent Garden, St.Paul’s, Long Acre, The Strand and St. Martin’s in the Field.

A charming 18th century map of Covent Garden, St.Paul’s, Long Acre, The Strand and St. Martin’s in the Field.

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Stow, John (1525-1605)/ Strype, John (1643–1737): A Mapp of the Parish of St. Pauls Covent Garden…

W.Innys and J.Richardson [et al] London 1754-55

copper engraved map; overall 42 x 25 cm; plate 31 x 18 cm. some foxing, staining and off-set; o/w vg cond.

First published in 1720, Strype’s re-issue appears as a much larger and expanded, 2 volume publication of Stow’s ‘Survey’ which, originally, was published in 1598. Strype added to Stow’s original account numerous information about customs, institutions, monuments, charities, events like the Great Fire of London, the guilds and wards as well as detailed descriptions of the parish churches, and the city itself, and used a lot of Stow’s original 17th century material that was excluded by Stow himself.

Ward map with Table of Reference from Strype’s ‘A Survey of the Cities of Westminster, and the Borough of Southwark. Containing The Original, Antiquity, Increase, present State and Government of those cities. Written in the Year 1698….[corrected to 1598 in Vol II] Corrected, Improved, and very much Enlarged, in the year 1720, By John Strype….’. There are 25 ancient wards in the City of London which are still used for local elections. – A detailed map of Covent Garden with St. Paul’s Church, also known as the ‘Actors’ Church’ due to its long association with the theatre community.

John Strype was the son of Huguenot immigrants from Brabant who was educated at St. Paul’s School and later at Jesus College,Cambridge. After completing his studies in 1669, he became curate of Theydon Bois and afterwards in Leyton.Though never being inducted, he was licensed by the Bishop of London ‘to preach and expound the word of God, and to perform the office of priest and curate while it was vacant’. In 1711, he obtained the sinecure of West Tarring, Sussex. He died in Hackney where he held a position as lecturer until 1689, at the age of 94. – The Survey is one of his major works.

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